Thursday, October 20, 2016

A Little Tart

"The whole world is an art gallery when you're mindful.  There are beautiful things everywhere and they're free."  -  Charles Tart

It all started with the pears...their color and shape were begging to be photographed.  As I was gathering my 'props' for pictures I remembered my cast iron skillet...then it dawned on me...I could cook in the skillet too.  :)  Some research on the internet and my little tart recipe was born.

It is simple.  There are not many spices, if you like a lot of flavor I suggest you add more, maybe some ginger.  The premade refrigerated Pillsbury pie crust in the red box works great for this tart.  If you don't have a cast iron skillet, no worries, a baking sheet with parchment paper should do the trick. (I didn't try the baking sheet with parchment paper, I read it on the internet.  If you try it that way let me know how it worked. :)  

A Little Tart
from the kitchen of Michelle at

1 refrigerated premade piecrust
4 pears - peeled, sliced in thin slices about 1/4 inch thick
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 1/2 Tablespoon cornstarch (flour would work in a pinch)
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon
Any other seasoning you think my work
Toppings (optional, see below)

Preheat oven to 375° F
·       Set the piecrust out according to the directions on the box. 
·       Peel and slice pears, placing them in a medium size bowl.
·       Toss pears with lemon juice.
·       Mix in the cornstarch, brown sugar, cinnamon and other spices you may add, until evenly coated.
·       Roll out the piecrust to make a 11 inch  circle.  (My cast iron skillet was 9 inches.)
·       Place the crust in a cast iron skillet or on a parchment lined baking sheet. 
·       Place the pear mixture in the middle of the crust, leaving about 2 inches of the crust bare.
·       Fold the crust over the pears leaving a large hole for the pears to peak out.
·       Bake at 375° F for approximately 35-40 minutes.  Since every oven is different, check at 25-30 minutes to make sure it isn't over browning.  When the tart is a light golden brown and bubbly it is finished. 
·       Let it sit for a few minutes to cool off before serving.  The tart tastes best eaten the day it is cooked.

Possible toppings...
·       A scoop of vanilla ice cream or dollop of whipped cream
·       A drizzle of caramel, chocolate, or maybe honey.
·       What about a caramel cream sauce...

If you make the little tart let me know how it worked out and any changes you made.  I would love to know.  :)  I feel recipes are more like guidelines, I always change them up a little to fit my families tastes, and mine, next time I am planning to make the tart with apples.  Enjoy!

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Have a great day!

Thursday, October 13, 2016


"Collect things you love that are authentic to you, and your house becomes your 
story."  -  Erin Flett, Designer

I like to collect old things to photograph. 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

A Flower Crown

"A daughter is one of the most beautiful gifts this world has to give."  
 -  Laurel Atherton

What is the last thing a teenage girl wants to do on a Friday afternoon after jumping off the school bus?

Thursday, September 29, 2016


"If you can change your mind, you can change your life."  -  William James

I splurged a little...I bought a big beautiful bouquet of flowers...for myself.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

I Missed It

"Look for beauty where it is not supposed to be found." 
-  Claes Oldenburg
"Unexpected intrusions of beauty.  This is what life is."  
 -  Saul Bellow

I missed it.

Driving down the gravel drive my heart sank.  

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Fall Is In The AIr

Summer ends and autumn comes, and he who would have thought it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night."  -  Hal Borland

Summer is definitely winding down.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Beauty In The Details

"In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion." 
-  Albert Camus
"If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change."  -  Buddha." 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

A Few Photography Quotes

"To me, photography is an art of observation.  It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place...I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them." 
 -  Elliott Erwitt